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What Are Flaxseed Oil Bodybuilding Benefits And Side Effects?

Updated on November 2, 2015

Ayurveda is the storehouse of many herbs. Among them, Flaxseed and its oil hold an important place because of its medicinal properties. Flaxseed is the jewel in Ayurveda as it is the main source of fatty acids. For the long time, the textile industry is making linen cloth from it. However, its heath benefits were discovered only a few years ago.

What Is Flaxseed And Flaxseed Oil?

Flaxseed is the seed that we get from flax or linseed plant. Flaxseed oil is taken out from its seed. The oil color is blue .Its scientific name is Echter Lein and Linumusitatissimum.

Flaxseed history

Flax plant or its seeds have history of millions of years. However, first known users of it were Mesopotamia's. Mesopotamian civilizationon was mainly concentrated in present Iraq, Syria and some part of the turkey. You can see it in the map. Later Egyptian people started growing flax and make cloth from it.

These clothes were worn by high-class people like king and priests. Indian and other Asian countries were also using it from long time. Roman first used it in 58 BC. Later in 8th and 16th century, there started broad cultivation of flax in European countries, and it became an important diet for them.

Chemical Composition Of Flaxseed Oil

Flax seed oil primarily contains fatty acids. Among them, Omega 3 acids are the principal constituent. Flax seed contains omega fatty acid, oleic , stearic and omega 6 acid.Another acid named linolenic acid is more than 50 percent in flaxseed. It is also known by other names like lineseed,Linaza,Malsag,Saatlein,rosids and Flachs in cultivating countries like India, Brazil and other European countries.

Flaxseed Plant

Flax plant is green. It can grow to more than 1 meter. Its leaves are small and green. The flower of flax comes in two colors white and blue. Its fruits are small and brown and looks like grapes. It seeds are mainly brown. As it fiber rich plant, it is used in making cloth.

Nutritional Value Of Flaxseed Or Oil Per 100 gram

Value in gram
Total Lipid
1 mg
0.00 mg
0 mg
1 mg
0 mg
0.07 mg
0 mg
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
0.0 mg
0.00 mg
Vitamin B-6
0.000 mg
Vitamin A, IU
0 IU
Vitamin B-12
0.00 µg
Vitamin K
9.3 µg
Vitamin D
0 IU
0.00 mg
Fatty acids,saturated
8.976 g
Fatty acids,polyunsaturated
Fatty acids,monounsaturated
United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27

Heath Benefits Of Flaxseed Oil

1. It prevents heart Attack And Lower Blood Pressure

Eating saturated, and fatty food increases the chance of heart attack. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acid that lowers the risk of frequent heart attack. Due to its 0 cholestrol, It reduces the blood pressure thus helpful for people annoyed with high blood pressure.

2. Useful In curing Breast cancer

Flax seed oil is worthwhile in curing breast cancer. It contains omega 3 in high quantity, which stops the growth of the tumor or cancer cells in the body. It does by destroying the free radicals which are responsible for creating cancer cells. It also reduces the inflammation in the body.

3. Flaxseed For Good Hair

As flaxseed or its oil contains the omega-3 fatty acid which is important for hair growth and its overall maintenance. Therefore one can take it for proper hair growth. It makes hair shiny and strong. It should be taken daily in small quantity in the morning.

4. Benefit For Skin

Causes of dry skin are weather, pollution or hereditary problem. Even if you can't avoid these uncontrollable thing, flax seed is there to help you. Flax seed oil increases the moisture content in the skin and nourishes it from within.Every morning eat flax seeds in empty stomach,It makes skin bright and clear.

You can apply flax seed oil and gently massage your face with it.Leave it for night.It removes pigmentation and rashes.It makes skin glowing and reduces dark circle.For dark circle, just massage under your eyes.

5.Lower The Risk Of Liver Diseases

According to one of the research flaxseed capsules reduces the occurrence of liver-related diseases. The direction is to eat it empty stomach in little quantity in the morning.

6.Help In Weight Loss

Flaxseed also helps in reducing weight. The desired result will come only if you take its oil in small quantity or as recommend by heath expert. Excess use of it, will not result in weight loss, instead it will be harmful to your body.

7. Cures Eczema And Other Skin Related Disease

Flaxseed oil contains the fatty acids like saturated and unsaturated that impels the body to cure eczema. For the maximum result, its oil should be applied as such in affected part in the night.

8.Flax seed oil Cures Constipation

Flax seed oil treat constipation best is fiber that add in stool,therefore helps in easy movement of it.Eat by soaking in water or milk for benefit.Its omega 3 acid makes your digestive strong.

The Side Effect Of Flaxseed Oil

  • If you have a bleeding problem, then it should not be taken as it increases the bleeding and can make the problem worse.
  • Pregnant women should not take as it increases the risk of early birth of the child.
  • One should take flax seed oil in needed quantity. If too much is taken, then it can result in diarrhea or vomiting.

Flaxseed Recipe

This is the simplest recipe that anyone can make.Try it in your home.

Banana flax seed juice

Item required

  • 1 cup of milk or curd
  • one banana finely chopped
  • one spoon sugar or honey
  • flaxseed as required 1 or two spoon
  • chilled ice

Take a bowl and mix all item curd, flaxseed, honey ice. Pour it in mixture grinder. Grid it until all items blends well. Mixture should be a little thick. Pour it in glasses. Put one straw in it to sip. You can also mix cardamom and oat it in it to give it extra flavor


Flax seed is useful for your skin, hair, heart and body. It is especially a boon for heart patient and person suffering from the hair-loss problems. While eating it, you should keep in mind the side effect of it as well. We can also see there are many delicious dishes can be made from it. So take full advantage of this nature given herb.


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      rahul 2 years ago from India

      thanks for such nice motivating gesture.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Rahul, My granddaughter was at one time allergic to almost all foods and it was very difficult to feed her. On top of that she was a vegetarian. Flaxseed was something we had to get to substitute and add to recipes so she could eat. Thanks for sharing this information.

      Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.